Christmas Eve – Christmas Day 2021

Christmas Eve was a nice dinner with Oma and Papa at Larkspur in Old Town. The restaurant had quite a few other families also enjoying their day-before-Christmas dinner.

Christmas Day we were out the door by 9 a.m., a similar day to Christmas 2020.

We were headed to middle of nowhere Kansas, and since we were not in a rush, we avoided the interstates. We drove west on K-96 to 279th St. Turned north to McPherson and then on to Marquette, KS (population 801).

It was pretty quiet in Marquette on Christmas Day. We did see a man with a white Santa beard riding his four-wheeler in the deserted downtown. We drove to Quivera disc golf course and since no one was around, left Ali off her leash.

This was hole #4, a top a little dirt mound. I put my phone in a tree and used the timer on my watch. It would have been a good picture, if it was in focus. πŸ˜’

There’s a walking trail too, and eventually we did see some other folks and dogs, so we had to leash Ali up because she can’t behave herself among other dogs.

Here’s some more views from the course…

We finished around around 1 p.m. and headed to Kanopolis Lake. We ate lunch and then played the Dam Disc Golf Course, a 9 hole round at the Kanaoplis Lake Dam.

I didn’t quite pack enough for lunch… peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, turkey sandwiches, clementines, cheese, crackers, carrots, applesauce, snickerdoodle bread, and candy cane bark.

Ali was hungry too.

Time for nine holes…

The weather certainly cooperated with us…sunny with light wind.

The rule is, if we play disc golf, everyone must now visit a historical or cultural site. Our pick this year was the Faris Caves. (Last year we visited Clements Stone Arch Bridge). There’s not much information about them online, but I did find this.

It took about 20 minutes on roads like these to get there.

The Faris Caves were excavated by a Colorado miner in the 1880s. Because the rock is soft, he was able to use a pickax to create three caves. They were used as living quarters, storage, a generator room, and even a schoolhouse.

Along the rock, loads of visitors carved their name or other sentiments into the stone.

We saw some from the 1970s, 80s and 90s. Some even appeared to date back to the 1920s. At least that’s the date someone carved in the stone.

Christmas day sunset from the Kansas prairie.

We drove back home over the Kanopolis Lake Dam. Here’s another beautiful view.

At home, our Christmas dinner was biscuits and gravy. The boys received money and discs.

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